You’ll Be Surprised By The Last President Who Tried Trump’s Tariffs On China!!


El Trumpo promises that he’ll stop the trade deficit between America and China, and he’ll do it by slapping them with high tariffs.

But what his supporters might find surprising is who the last president was that tried Trump’s tariff tactic on the Chinese – it was Barack Obama!!

The conservative magazine National Review recounts what happened:

By 2009, the United States was importing tires from China at a rate of about 50 million per year. The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union complained to the Obama administration that there was a “large, rapid, and continuing” increase in the number of Chinese-made tires entering American markets. In September of that year, Obama approved relief for domestic producers by increasing tariffs on most new tire imports for three years.

By 2009, the United States was importing tires from China at a rate of about 50 million per year. The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial, and Service Workers International Union complained to the Obama administration that there was a “large, rapid, and continuing” increase in the number of Chinese-made tires entering American markets. In September of that year, Obama approved relief for domestic producers by increasing tariffs on most new tire imports for three years.

They admit that it did actually create a few jobs:

Economists Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Sean Lowry note that the number of Americans employed in tire manufacturing increased from 50,800 in September 2009 to 52,000 in September 2011. If all 1,200 jobs were attributed to the tariff — an exceedingly generous assumption — they calculate that Obama’s move could be credited with saving or creating $48 million of additional worker income and purchasing power.

But at a very high cost!!!

…the tariff also forced consumers to spend $1.1 billion more on tires than they otherwise would have — or roughly $900,000 per U.S. tire industry job created. And retaliatory tariffs imposed by the Chinese further hurt our economy. In early 2010, China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed tariffs ranging from 50.3 to 105.4 percent on American poultry imports, which “reduced exports by $1 billion as U.S. poultry firms experienced a 90 percent collapse in their exports of chicken parts to China,” according to Hufbauer and Lowry.

If anything, this episode proves the critics of Trump’s tariff tactic right – it will just hurt Americans and cost the consumer much more in the long run.

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4 Responses to “You’ll Be Surprised By The Last President Who Tried Trump’s Tariffs On China!!”

  1. If it’s made in China, it’s crap. If you paid more than 1$ for it, you’ve been had. I challenge anyone reading this to do what I do, and see the results. You will be angry beyond belief.

    When I walk into a store, the first thing I do is ask the nearest clerk where the items are that are manufactured in the contiguous 48 states. The look on their face says it all – they don’t have any. Regardless, I still try to buy only items made in the USA.

  2. Alan Connors Reply

    “He that beieveth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that beleveth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

  3. You people know our junk yards were cleared out by Obama. If you have an automobile thats 20 years old and you need parts youre in trouble. You were given the opportunity to be part of Cash for Clunkers and you bought into it.
    You might as well turn that car in because you cant buy parts for it. Kind of reminds you of Cuba doesnt it?? That american steel was chunked up and sent to China. What you got back was tin mixed with steel and other alloys. Wal Mart / K Mart / Fred Meyers all your department stores carry this chinese $heiet that breaks the first time you use it. You have been sold out by your president If you let Obama he will take us back to the stone age. Camels once again and speaking a different language.

  4. Original Anna Reply

    I agree about the stuff made in China not lasting long. I have tools from my Father that he used daily in his job and he has been dead since 1988. I will buy new only if my Dad’s tool is finally broken or just gone from use. And, I find the new stuff isn’t as strong and won’t do without braking what I did with my Dad’s tool. They also stop closing and opening again with minor use. I constantly am spraying them to open them up. Also, the small screws holding the parts together break and I am out buying a new tool again. My Dad’s tools are solid, the old Black and Decker not the new Black and Decker’s, etc. and the parts are even so they match each other and tight so they work without wobbling. I mean, isn’t the stuff from China inspected by someone to make sure they are working, made properly to last.

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